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Prominent health warnings on alcohol products make drinking “unappealing”, new study finds

Young adult drinkers are more likely to perceive alcohol products as “unappealing” and “socially unacceptable” if they display prominent health warnings, according to new research | University of Stirling, UK

The role of alcohol packaging as a health communications tool: An online cross-sectional survey and experiment with young adult drinkers in the United Kingdom

An online cross-sectional survey and experiment were conducted with a non-probability sample of 18–35-year-old drinkers in the United Kingdom (n = 1360). The survey assessed exposure to, and engagement with, current messaging on packs, and support for displaying product and health-related information | Drug and Alcohol Review, UK

Psychedelic frees up depressed brain, study shows

Psilocybin, a drug found in magic mushrooms, appears to free up the brains of people with severe depression in a way that other antidepressants do not, a study has found | BBC, UK

State of the sector 2021: How voluntary organisations emerged from a year of criminal justice reform and the Covid-19 pandemic

This is the eighth year that Clinks has conducted research into how voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system are faring. The research reflects the views of our members and provides a comprehensive picture of the 2020/21 financial year | Clinks, UK

Join the Board of Collective Voice

Collective Voice is seeking to appoint three new independent trustees to join its board. As the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery charities we work towards a vision in which a thriving treatment and recovery field – and voluntary sector – enable anyone in England to access evidence-based and person-centred support | Collective Voice, UK

Remember to show cannabis respect campaign

The RespectTHC campaign will run from 18th to 23rd of April and will include events across the city and an online social media campaign to encourage people to have conversations about cannabis | Forward Leeds, UK

Alcohol Occasionals - Youth drinking in decline

Wed, 20 April 2022, 12:30 – 14:00 BST. Dr Inge Kersbergen and Dr Laura Fenton on the implications of the decline in youth drinking for policy and practice | SHAAP, UK

Nottingham: Super-strength vaping products seized in crackdown

Illegal super-strength vaping products with a street value of more than £8,000 have been confiscated during a series of raids in Nottingham | BBC, UK

Drug dealer jailed for Birmingham to Herefordshire network

A man who ran a drug network using the home of a vulnerable man as part of his supply route has been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

HIV treatment and health care for refugees from Ukraine

People fleeing the war in Ukraine who have ‘temporary protection’ status have the right to use health services in European Union countries. This page, which will be regularly updated, provides information on access to HIV care and related health care for refugees from Ukraine, country by country. Эта страница также доступна на русском языке. (This page is also available in Russian). We are working on a Ukrainian translation | NAM, UK

Torture and ill-treatment against people who use drugs in Nigeria

This briefing paper by IDPC and the African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) presents new evidence on the physical and mental violence faced by people who use drugs in Nigeria, both at the hands of law enforcement agents and in drug treatment centres | IDPC, UK

Ecuador robbers who made off with 2.8 tonnes of drugs caught

Police in Ecuador say they have caught robbers who stole 2.8 tonnes of drugs from a government-run warehouse | BBC, UK

Providing naloxone in the emergency department can save lives

A survey finds that approximately half of the patients said that they were carrying naloxone after their ED visit and two-thirds planned to continue carrying naloxone in the future | Penn Today, USA

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy shows promise for opioid addiction treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help people being treated for opioid addiction reduce their methadone dose and better manage pain and withdrawal symptoms, according to a pair of studies led by Washington State University scientists | Medical Xpress, USA

Study shows smoking increased in those trying to quit during COVID-19

While smoking rates have declined dramatically in the United States, there are still 35 million smokers. There are few data about whether, and if so, how current cigarette smoking habits among those trying to quit are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic | Florida Atlantic University, USA

Research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings

A new paper by an Oregon State University-led research team provides a scientific framework to help shape the rollout of a program in Oregon that will legally permit the use of psilocybin for therapeutic reasons | Medical Xpress, USA

One year later: Overdose prevention site in New West

More than 1,500 people have taken advantage of witnessed consumption services since the local health contact centre opened in New West in April 2021 | New Westminster Record, Canada

Needle Exchange Programme Doubles Its Economic Return

The programme cost $5.88 million to run in 2021. Without the programme, our public health system could have expected costs in 2021 of $39.9 million to treat viral blood-borne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and C and, injecting related injuries | SCOOP, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

When Will The Media Take Drug Deaths Seriously?

Media reporting has time and again failed to provide correct information about the circumstances of drug deaths, evidencing the stigma and disdain with which those who take drugs are treated | Volteface, UK

A new start after 60: ‘I gave up marijuana after a lifetime of smoking – and began to dream again’

Jodie Sharp’s weed habit made her lungs hurt and her gums bleed. Two years ago, she quit almost by accident – and her life was transformed | Guardian, UK

We have to call time on wine o’clock

[Article appears to be outside paywall] Mummy’s evening drink has been normalised, but it’s damaging for everyone | Times, UK

Mick May obituary

My father-in-law, Mick May, who has died aged 63 of mesothelioma, spent the first 20 years of his professional life in financial services before realising his true passion for the voluntary sector, and co-founding the charitable enterprise Blue Sky | Guardian, UK

The Survivor-Led Organisations Fighting Back Against The War on Drugs

In 2021, recorded drug deaths in America tragically surpassed 100,000. That’s more than every American soldier killed in action since World War II – including in Vietnam, Korea, both Iraq wars and Afghanistan – put together. According to the CDC, there were 100,306 fatal overdoses, three quarters of which were from opiates, 64% from fentanyls | Volteface, UK

Tracking how alcohol companies target young people online

FOR nearly 20 years, alcohol marketers have been at the forefront of using digital and social media platforms to promote and distribute alcohol. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and TikTok are part of the marketing machinery of alcohol brands, retailers and venues. Yet, the promotion, advertising and retail happening on these platforms remains unregulated and opaque | Insight MJA, Australia